Thursday 21 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called off its final inspection visit to Kenya to assess preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship, officials said on Sunday. A delegation was expected in Nairobi on September 7 but the current political situation in Kenya following the Supreme Court's decision to annul the results of last month's presidential poll has cast doubt over the country's chances of hosting the 16-team tournament. "We have just been informed that in the light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/17)
Kenya’s Supreme Court ruling to scrap last month’s presidential election was shaped by a new chief justice who proved a staunch defender of judicial independence on a continent where judges are often seen as being under the thumb of executive powers. David Maraga’s declaration that the Aug. 8 election was void and demand for a new poll with 60 days shocked many in the East African nation and abroad. But his announcement, after a 4-2 vote by a court panel to annul the vote, didn’t surprise those who know the chief justice. “We knew this case was coming and he was the man to hear it,” Professor Tom Ojienda, who worked with Maraga and sits on the Judicial Service Commission...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/04/17)
BRICS countries deplore Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Sunday that his coalition will not share power, two days after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s presidential election and ordered a new poll within 60 days. The court ruled on Friday that the election board had committed irregularities that rendered the Aug. 8 vote invalid, and overturned incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory. The ruling set up a new race between Kenyatta, 55, and veteran opponent Odinga, 72, and tension between the two camps has since been rising. “We will not share power,” Odinga said, speaking in Kiswahili outside a church in Nairobi. “We will not divide the loaf,” he said, a local reference to power. Korean nuclear test, oppose...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The unprecedented nullification of a flawed presidential vote is a win for all of Africa. With its decision to nullify the results of last month's presidential election, Kenya's top court has invalidated the votes of some 15 million citizens. It has also struck a blow for democracy that will reverberate across Africa. Now comes the hard part: Holding new elections within 60 days that are untainted by the irregularities, intimidation and violence that have scarred past contests. The court's unprecedented decision -- the first time the re-election of an incumbent president has been reversed anywhere on the continent -- came in response to challenger Raila Odinga's complaint that President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election victory was abetted by vote-rigging. The court found...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
Short-term pain, long term gain is the prognosis for Kenyan assets after a landmark court ruling that nullified last month’s presidential election and ordered a fresh poll. Yields on Kenya’s foreign debt climbed the most in almost two months, the shilling weakened and stocks tumbled after the judgment. But for investors willing to look past the immediate political risks, it’s good news, according to JPMorgan Asset Management. The court upheld an opposition complaint that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was aided by rigging and ordered a new election to be held within 60 days. The decision -- unprecedented in Africa -- may increase tensions in a country where previous disputed elections have been racked by violence, but it also underlines the...
(Voice of America 09/04/17)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga says his coalition would not share power, two days after the supreme court annulled presidential election results, citing irregularities. Speaking at a church service in Nairobi, Odinga said his party would not share power with "thieves". Incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta similarly said a day earlier that his Jubilee party would not share power with the opposition, while also lashing out at Supreme Court judges. "Who even elected you? Were you? We have a problem and we must fix it," he said Saturday, speaking on live television at State House in Nairobi. Supreme Court Judges responded Sunday, calling Kenyatta's remarks "an assault on the judiciary", the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) late Saturday asked people to...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
Kenya faces an extended period of political and economic uncertainty after the Supreme Court tossed out the results of last month’s presidential election in a stunning decision that’s unprecedented in Africa. The judges ordered a new vote to be held within 60 days, opening an intense campaign at risk of being marred by violence. The news sparked celebrations in the capital, Nairobi, and in Kisumu, stronghold of opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga, who said the ruling marked “a historic day” for the people of Kenya. President Uhuru Kenyatta, winner of the annulled vote, said he disagreed with the decision but would respect it. With its decision that the electoral commission failed to conduct a fair vote, the six-judge court demonstrated...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/17)
Two Kenyan police officers were killed Sunday by gunmen on a motorbike as they were guarding a church near the Indian Ocean, in an attack police believe could be the work of Shabaab miliants. "An investigation has been launched and we are not ruling out terrorism because this attack is not a normal robbery," regional police chief Larry Kieng told journalists of the shooting in the town of Ukunda. The area in the far southeast of the country has largely escaped the attacks waged by the Islamist Shabaab group in Kenya and neighbouring Somalia. Kieng said the assailants shot at the officers and grabbed their guns, killing one on the spot while the other died in hospital. Since May, more...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/17)
Opposition leaders across Africa, long frustrated in their campaigns to topple firmly entrenched leaders, are hailing the shock overturn of last month's presidential vote in Kenya, calling it an example for their own countries to emulate. "If it happened in Kenya, it can happen in Zimbabwe as well," Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told thousands of supporters at a rally on Saturday. Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has made three failed attempts at the Zimbabwean presidency, losing all of them to President Robert Mugabe, who has kept an iron grip on the country since 1980. Elections in Zimbabwe have been marred by violence, intimidation and charges of electoral fraud. "This is an unprecedented decision in...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/17)
Kenyan judges have slammed the "veiled threats" made by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the judiciary overturned his election on the ground that it was flawed. Calling it "an assault on the judiciary", the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA) late Saturday asked people to ignore "political rhetoric." "The president of this country referred to the president of the Supreme Court and the other judges as "wakora", or crooks in Swahili, it said. "He went on to make veiled threats against the same judges based on their decision. The same threats against the judiciary have been repeated at State House," said its chief Bryan Khaemba, referring to the presidential palace. "We condemn this assault on the decisional independence of the honourable...
(AFP (eng) 09/03/17)
Sparks were flying in Kenya on Sunday as the main rival of President Uhuru Kenyatta called for the ousting of members of the country's election commission, likening them to "hyenas", while judges slammed "veiled threats" by the president after the shock annulment of his re-election victory. Raila Odinga, who will now get another shot against Kenyatta in an election to be held within two months, said he had no faith in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and called for its members to be expelled from Kenya. "Those IEBC thieves must go. We will not allow them to conduct the fresh elections," Odinga told supporters after attending mass in Nairobi. "We can't take our goats where they will be...
(AFP (eng) 09/02/17)
Kenya's press on Saturday praised the Supreme Court decision to annul last month's presidential poll as a hard-fought victory for the rule of law, and sign of a maturing democracy. Pointing to widespread irregularities in the electronic transmission of vote results, Chief Justice David Maraga declared President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory "invalid, null and void". The unexpected ruling in favour of opposition leader Raila Odinga stunned the nation. The Saturday Standard headlined its front page "Maraga Thunder", while the Star went with "Not yet, Uhuru" and the Saturday Nation had "Raila's big victory". All agreed that what the Nation termed a "Supreme Bombshell" was a welcome sign of the judiciary's independence. "Kenyans have struggled for decades to institutionalise the rule of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/02/17)
Seven Kenyan teenage schoolgirls died and 10 more were hospitalized after a fire engulfed their boarding school dormitory in Nairobi early on Saturday morning, a government official said. The cause of the fire was not known, and the government ordered Moi Girls School closed for two weeks while it investigated, education minister Fred Matiangi told reporters when he visited the school. “A fire broke out at the school at 2:00am in the morning in one of the dormitories,” said Matiangi. He said the school, which has nearly 1,200 students, is “one of our top schools in the country and... (one) that we are very proud of.” Fires have in the past claimed the lives of dozens of Kenyan boarding school...
(AFP (eng) 09/01/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday declared the results of last month's presidential poll "invalid, null and void" and ordered the election be re-run within 60 days. "The presidential election held on August 8 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution," said Chief Justice David Maraga, ruling in favour of the opposition which challenged the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner. Maraga said this was a majority decision, with two judges dissenting. The shock ruling was a rare example of a poll result being overturned, with Maraga saying the election commission (IEBC) "failed, neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution". He validated opposition leader Raila Odinga's argument...
(AFP (eng) 09/01/17)
Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new presidential election within 60 days after cancelling the results of last month's poll in a shock decision in favour of the opposition. Joyous celebrations erupted outside the court and in opposition strongholds after the second term victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared "invalid, null and void". The decision came as a rare political victory for veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, 72, who hailed a "historic" ruling which he said was a first in Africa. Chief Justice David Maraga said a majority decision by the panel of seven judges, with two dissenting, found that Kenyatta "was not validly elected", rendering the result "invalid, null and void". Maraga said the election commission (IEBC)...
(AFP (eng) 09/01/17)
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga on Friday hailed as historic a court decision nullifying an election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta and calling for a re-run. "This is a historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension for the people of the continent of Africa," said Odinga, adding it was the first time a presidential result had been overturned in Africa. "We are ready for elections but we don't have confidence" in the electoral commission (IEBC), he added. "Those commissioners must go," said Odinga. "Most of them belong in jail."
(AfricaNews 08/31/17)
Egypt and Kenya have been invited to the 2017 Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) summit hosted by China. The two African countries are among five countries – including Tajikistan, Mexico and Thailand – invited as guests to the annual conference. The September 3 to 5 summit to be held in Xiamen city was described by the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in March as the BRICS Plus conference due to the invitation of non-members. He explained that the invitation is not an attempt to expand the group, but to broaden their discussions, local media report. We want to broaden the discussion to non-BRICS countries as well. I am confident that the dialogue this year will also be...
(Standard Digital 08/31/17)
The Immigration Department has rolled out e-passports but the current ones will, however, remain in use for two years The new documents will bear the words ‘East African Community’ as well as ‘Kenya’ in line with the drive for regional integration. The A series, B series, C series and diplomatic passports will cost Sh4,550, Sh6,050, Sh7,550 and Sh7,550, respectively and payments will be made via mobile phone or credit cards Kenyan passport holders will from today be required to replace the documents with electronic ones. The immigration department clarified the current passports will however remain in use for two years as the rollout continues after which they will be obsolete. The rollout is expected to cost the government Sh500 million...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Kenya should borrow lessons from China's economic miracle that came to light three decades ago thanks to policy reforms and modernization of agriculture and manufacturing sectors, an expert said on Wednesday. Alex Litu, an analyst specializing in informal economy, said in an article published by the People newspaper on Wednesday that China could offer Kenya valuable insight on how to leapfrog from an agrarian economy to an industrial one. "The route taken by China is one which Kenya can borrow a leaf from when looking for ways to transform and grow its economy through agriculture and manufacturing," Litu remarked. An estimated 75 percent of Kenyan population relies on agriculture for income generation while industrial take off is yet to be...

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